Saturday, February 13, 2016

Cosy with Crazy

It's a very cold day today and nothing will warm us up more than revisiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the quilt collection. This is a snapshot of one CRAZY quilt. To be sure. This is only one quilt in the collection, but worth a close look at the intriguing way it is put together and the craziness of the entire piece. Stay warm and cozy today wherever you are!!

This Crazy Quilt label reads:

"Crazy quilts, a fad in the last decades of the nineteenth
century, were most commonly pieced from irregularly
shaped bits of velvet and silk.  This exuberant quilt is
far more unusual, since its unknown maker chose to
craft it from brightly patterned cottons.  The cottons 
create an album of fashionable, though inexpensive
fabrices of the 1880s, including Egyptian Revival and
Japanesque designs, children's handkerchiefs, and
pieces of "cheater" cloth - fabric that was printed to
imitate patchwork.   One of the handkerchiefs, printed
with playing cards, is inscribed "ORIENTAL PRINT
WORKS, APPONAUG, RI."   It is possible that this
mill produced many of the fabrics found in the quilt."
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

This last photo shows the binding used on this quilt. This is my favourite section. Inspiration.


  1. This is my idea of quilting, I love it. This is art. And probably easier to cut out than what you are doing now.

  2. What I appreciate most about these beautiful quilts is their vibrancy. The designers were not shy about using brilliant colours which resulted in such spectacular and practical results.